yikes

yikes

[yahyks]
interjection
(an exclamation of surprise or alarm.)
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yikes (ˈjaiks)
 
interj
informal an expression of surprise, fear, or alarm

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yikes
1971, exclamation of alarm or surprise; perhaps from yoicks, a call in fox-hunting, attested from c.1770. Yike "a fight" is slang attested from 1940, of uncertain connection.
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